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violence, president obama announced the most sweeping push for gun control in decades. >> this is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe. >> reporter: 11-year-old julia stokes wrote to the president. the only person she thought could make a difference. >> she said, i know that laws have to be passed by congress, but i beg you to try very hard. julia, i will try very hard. >> reporter: he's going to have to. the president is up against a congress that's very reluctant to pass comprehensive gun control. to get the ball rolling, mr. obama signed 23 executive actions that don't need approval by lawmakers. they include -- strengthening the national criminal background check system and more federal research on gun violence. but the president said these are just first steps. >> congress, too, must act. and congress must act soon. >> reporter: and here's what he's pushing lawmakers to do. universal background checks on gun purchases. a ban of high-capacity magazine clips. and a renewed ban on those so-called assault weapons. gun rights advocates are gearing up for a bitter fight and
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